Honest Natural Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

When there’s still spring snow and grey days, sun protection isn’t always top of mind. But summer isn’t the only time you are at risk of sun damage. Everyday exposure can add up over a lifetime, so even if you are not packing up for the beach it’s great to make sunscreen use a daily habit. And, just in time for spring break, you can grab Honest’s sunscreen before you hit the road.

Our updated formula offers the same great benefits of the original, but only better! The natural, petrochemical-free mineral sunscreen provides 30 SPF (UVA & UVB) protection for the entire family. It’s even safe for babies under six months because our ONLY active sunscreen ingredient is non-nano zinc oxide. This means it protects against harmful rays by sitting on the outermost layer of your skin without getting absorbed through your pores and into your bloodstream, unlike conventional chemical sunscreens. And did we mention that it’s non-greasy, non-whitening, and water-resistant?

To make sure you always have (safe) fun in the sun, don’t forget to:

1.     Wear your Honest sunscreen whenever you are outdoors—walking, biking, swimming, playing at the park, gardening, enjoying sports…rain or shine!

2.     Put it on even when you are indoors! UVA rays penetrate through windows and some clothing. So even if you are not outside or worried about burning, protect against aging by using sunscreen all day long.

3.     Apply liberally over exposed skin, especially those easily forgotten areas like ears, hands, feet, backs of the knees, and your scalp! Put it on 15 minutes before sun exposure for maximum effectiveness.

4.     Reapply at least every 2 hours, after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel drying.

5.     Limit exposure! In addition to using a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 or higher, consider covering up with hats, long-sleeve shirts, pants, and sunglasses. And seek shade during the sun’s strongest hours of 10 am to 2 pm.

When and where do you like to use your Honest sunscreen? And don’t forget to check out our natural spray and stick sunscreens!

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  • beckstar19

    Great! Do you think you will ever come out with a spray sunscreen?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thanks, beckstar19! We’ll be sure to pass on your suggestion to our product team.

  • PeterF

    You must be out of your mind – you rather get cancer from your potion or get sick from lack of vitamin D??? Your body needs to be exposed to sun for all the best benefits… and not loaded with your chemicals. Sorry for the honesty.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi PeterF,

      We agree that Vitamin D is essential for maintaining health, strong bones, muscle development, and nerve function. The National Institutes of Health says, “However, despite the importance of the sun to vitamin D synthesis, it is prudent to limit exposure of skin to sunlight in order to lower the risk for skin cancer. When out in the sun for more than a few minutes, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen with an SPF….People who avoid the sun or who cover their bodies with sunscreen or clothing should include good sources of vitamin D in their diets or take a supplement. Recommended intakes of vitamin D are set on the assumption of little sun exposure.” (source: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-QuickFacts/) Because of the importance of sun protection and skin health, we’ve created this chemical-free sunscreen that is safe for even the littlest family members. If you have any more questions about the product or its ingredients, we’re here to help. Thanks!

  • Shelly

    Can you guys come out with an oil free face sunscreen for oily skin individuals?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thanks for the suggestion, Shelly! We’ll be sure to pass on this idea to our product development team.

  • Debbie

    Love this! My entire family uses it every day! Have to be cautious of the sun especially in this Texas heat!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi Debbie! We’re so glad your family loves our sunscreen. We really appreciate your support as a member of the Honest community. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Is this non-comedogenic?

  • Kristina

    When will the sunscreen be back in stock?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi Kristina,
      The sunscreen should be back in stock by next week! Thanks for your patience and understanding. And please let us know if you have any more questions.

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  • marisa garcia

    I finally found a sunscreen wit both active ingredients the non nano zinc nd titanium on 100% pure obviously has less of each of those ingredients & I love the honest sunscreen just wondering y not have both ingredients in ur sunscreen cuz they both actually protect I read differ ways that way ur protected by both in a mineral sunscreen.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi Marisa,

      That’s a great question! Zinc oxide offers slightly better protection across the sun’s ultraviolet spectrum in comparison to titanium dioxide, so that’s what we chose for our sunscreen lotion and stick. But some people have zinc oxide sensitivities or allergies, so we went with titanium dioxide for our spray. Titanium dioxide is also better for spray dispensing. To achieve an SPF 30 you only need to use 7.8%, versus the 20% required for zinc, which is challenging to dispense through the nozzle (unless it’s nano-sized, which we don’t use). Titanium dioxide also makes for a lighter spray formula that’s easier to spread.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions. We’re always happy to help!

  • Julie Elias

    I have a 3 month old, can I use the sunscreen?
    I don’t put my baby in direct sun but still want to protect.